Praise & Press
“This frothy, sneaky tale from Franson intermixes elements of The Bold Type, Mad Men, and The Devil Wears Prada. A book lover goes to work for an ad agency, where she bears witness to how money and corporate power infiltrate a world she thought she loved.”
"Franson’s debut is a fast-paced and quick-witted trip into the world of advertising today. With smart, funny characters and perfectly crafted dialogue, Franson cleverly explores the battle between giving in and staying true to oneself."
“Franson … is a witty observer of the literary world and recognizes its poseurs, backstabbers, plagiarists and predators.”
"Ten Good Reads to Make Time for this Summer"
–Saint Paul Pioneer Press
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"A must-read book."
–New York Post
“Comparisons will be made to The Devil Wears Prada, but Franson’s irresistibly flawed heroine holds her own as she strives to find honesty, meaning, and even love in a demanding world, resulting in an addictive, escapist novel.”
"A gorgeous treat... Sally Franson’s voice is indeed addictive: whipsmart, biting and clever. I kept pausing to re-read parts of it with a huge smile on my face. Truly beautifully observed."
—Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Jemima J, The Beach House, and Falling
“A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out perfectly captures the glamorous highs and hilarious lows of the cutthroat world of new advertising—the Wild West of our time. Casey is an unforgettable heroine, a feminist Don Draper for our age, navigating the bizarre ways in which art and commerce intersect. Sally Franson’s debut is exhilarating, terrifying, and totally addictive.”
—Lucy Sykes, author of The Knockoff
“If Jane Austen’s Emma and Dorothy Parker had a three-way with David Copperfield (not the magician), Casey Pendergast would be their wisecracking, heartbroken love child. In Sally Franson’s smart, funny, and sharp-eyed novel, terrible mistakes are made and, mostly, rectified. A happy ending, a true heart, and a very good and clever time. Perfect.”
—Amy Bloom, author of Away
“A wonderfully comic and smart novel about one woman’s trip to our contemporary Vanity Fair, complete with Instagram, Twitter, and messaging of every sort. Both funny and sobering, this book is a remarkable debut from an amazingly prescient and talented young writer.”
—Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love
“Funny, fast-paced, and seductive, A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out is about books and sex and ambition and love and money and the various undeniable attractions of staying true to oneself versus (for the right price) selling out. Sally Franson’s debut novel is hilariously terrific.”
—Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members
"[A Lady’s Guide]’s quick turns of phrase, robust vocabulary and enviable repartee support a character who’s growing into her own skin. It takes off at a running pace and never slows, a cadence that will keep even screen junkies intrigued."
"Behind the novel's frothy and funny packaging lie themes including the eternal tension between art and commerce, ambition and ethics... The book is wise, weighty and way beyond its years."
"Selling Out navigates the messy crossroads at the intersection between art and capitalism in the age of social media. This one is perfect for recent grads making the inevitably rocky leap from academia into the corporate world. "beyond its years."
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